Alameda’s City Council on Tuesday unanimously signed off on new park fees intended to foster more efficient use of Alameda’s sports fields and better recovery of the costs of users’ wear and tear on parks.
Starting this fall, youth sports leagues will pay between $2 and $3 an hour for use of the city’s fields, with credit for any maintenance they perform; they now pay $5 per player with a $500 minimum. The city will also introduce new hourly fees for adult sports leagues with separate, flat fees for kickball leagues and a fee for the use of inflatable jumpers in parks. Read more >> about City okays new park, field fees
The city has agreed to pay former Alameda Point developer SunCal $4.25 million to settle the developer's claims the city and its former manager failed to negotiate in good faith toward a development deal, a move that ends the developer's quest for damages and another chance to develop the Point. Read more >> about City, SunCal settle suit
In what has become an almost perverse annual ritual, city leaders discussed how they plan to address a projected $5.1 million deficit in next year’s general fund budget and bigger deficits in the years to come.
City staffers on Tuesday outlined a series of cuts that included layoffs and plans to close the city’s jail. City Council members, meanwhile, sparred over the Measure C sales tax proposal, which voters will consider through Election Day on Tuesday.
Alameda's City Council voted early this morning to nix a proposal to swap the Mif Albright golf course to developer Ron Cowan for cash and land he owns nearby and to direct city staff to negotiate with two firms for a management contract at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. The swap proposal fell on a 5-0 vote, drawing cheers from opponents who packed council chambers. Read more >> about COUNCIL NIXES MIF SWAP
Carolyn Cover-Griffith leafs through a pile of old paycheck stubs to offer a sense of how her health care costs have increased over the past few years. In 2009, she was paying $790 a month for healthcare coverage for her family. This year, her payment for her family’s Blue Shield plan is nearly $1,200 a month. Read more >> about Teachers struggle with rising health coverage costs